Staff & Associates


Barry Janyk, Executive Director

Barry comes to the BC Rural Centre with extensive experience, living and working in rural BC as a forestry worker, helicopter owner and operator, business owner and public policy consultant, as well as being the former mayor of Gibsons for 12 years – where he and his family still reside. His love of the province and his work with – and for – many provincial communities and agencies over the last 25 years have been the spark for his passion to ensure rural and remote voices are heard and their wellbeing and resilience are secure.



Sarah Sinclair, Digital Media Coordinator

Sarah is on a mission to help municipalities, agencies, creative professionals, and NPOs elevate to their fullest potential. When not implementing digital eco-system best practices, and developing effective marketing strategies. Sarah spends her time focusing on community economic development, tangible growth, business development, and sustainable revenue sources. Sarah’s strength in research, trends and marketing amplifies her ability to be results-oriented. In a no-nonsense straight-talking way she combines a fun working environment with tangible goals for success.  Sarah lives in the rural remote mountains of British Columbia with her family.



Peter Kenyon



Peter is a recognized global expert in Asset Based Community Driven Development (ABCD). While Peter calls Kalamunda, Western Australia home, he travels extensively across the globe giving conference keynote speeches and leading ABCD and community revitalization workshops and processes — he has worked with over 2,000 communities in 59 different countries. Peter is a highly entertaining, engaging, and knowledgeable presenter and process facilitator. Please see ABCD resource material on our Asset Based Community Development page under Resources.



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Gordon Borgstrom, Former Executive Director





Gordon recently retired as the BC Rural Centre’s founding Executive Director. Gordon spent over 35 years working in community development and transition planning in a variety of roles with communities across British Columbia. Skilled in research and analysis; community and rural economic development; strategic planning; and organizational development – Gordon is passionate about researching, developing and implementing new and innovative rural development approaches.





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